Jack Procter-Blain

Jack Procter-Blain is a content assistant for the Optimus team, particularly interested in all things SEN, safeguarding and e-safety. 

Prior to joining Optimus, Jack worked for Step, a graduate recruitment organisation in Nottingham, helping to kick-start the inaugural 'National Internship Week'.

He currently tweets from @OptimusSEND and writes the occasional blog on pupil safety.

Latest blog posts

Jack Procter-Blain

Education: an election battleground?

Many promises for a better system of education will be made before June’s election. What issues are you hoping to see discussed, and what does the next government need to deliver? Just when you thought you'd voted enough... ( Picture credit: secretlondon123 ) As campaigning gets underway for June's...
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How 'e-safe' are your pupils?

To celebrate this year's Safer Internet Day , test your pupils' knowledge of common e-safety issues with this short quiz. The quiz touches on some of the risks young people can face online, including: sexting and the sharing of inappropriate images sophisticated 'phishing scams' and untrustworthy...
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Inspecting e-safety: an update

Schools are struggling to train staff and foster a collective e-safety culture, according to a recent assessment report. How can they ensure that policy and practice are inspection-ready? Attendees at last week’s Bett exhibition were invited to a half-hour seminar on ‘Inspecting Keeping Children...
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Bullying: don't play the Trump card

Negative role models may offer a convenient explanation for why bullying takes place, but schools have a responsibility to address the deeper root causes and promote a strong anti-bullying ethos. The timing couldn't have been better. A US election you could mistake for pantomime, with two distinct...
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My day at the SRE conference: new insights for effective teaching

With Tuesday's one-day conference still fresh in my mind, here is some of the guidance our speakers had to offer for delivering effective, age-appropriate SRE. Our Relationships and Sex Education conference on Tuesday was (as event chair Jane Lees put it) a day of ‘little steps’ and ‘giant leaps’...
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Online pornography: prevent or educate?

The Digital Economy Bill takes the government’s preventative approach to online safeguarding a step further. However, is restricting access the right way to go? One childhood memory I have is of lingering in the back aisles of Blockbuster, waiting for my mum to buy me the new Grand Theft Auto video...
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Are you clear on consent? Take the quiz!

Do you know the law when it comes to sex and relationships? Test your knowledge with this short quiz. The law clearly states that sexual intercourse without consent is illegal, and failing to make pupils aware of this can often put them at risk of becoming victims of rape or sexual assault. SRE...
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